Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 76 mln USD in 9 months

via Xinhua, 01 October 2017: Cambodia reports a 70% jump in revenue from Angkor tickets, compared to the same period the year before.

Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s Angkor archeological park hit 75.7 million U.S. dollars in the first nine months of 2017, up 70 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a press release on Sunday.

The ancient park received 1.75 million foreign tourists during the January-September period this year, up 12 percent over the same period last year, said the state-run Angkor Enterprise’s press release.

Source: Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 76 mln USD in 9 months – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

via Travel Daily News, 26 September 2017

A former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is famous for monumental remnants of old palaces and temples spread across a tranquil landscape.

Source: Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

Hoteliers struggle to survive in Bagan

via Eleven Myanmar (via The Nation), 26 September 2017: Myanmar’s tourism industry is taking a hit and many hotels in Bagan are fearing the worst

HOTELS in Bagan, in the heart of Myanmar’s main zone for ancient monuments, are not expected to be profitable this year, following the decline in tourist arrivals, according to Zaw Weik, chairman of Myanmar Hoteliers Association (Bagan Zone) and managing director of U Zaw Travels & Tours.

Source: Hoteliers struggle to survive in Bagan

Chinese tourists to Cambodia up 42.7 percent in seven months

via Xinhua, 25 September 2017: Chinese visitors now make up the largest number of tourists to Angkor, and Cambodia is targeting 2 million per year by 2020.

Some 635,000 Chinese tourists had visited Cambodia in the first seven months of 2017, up 42.7 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Tourism Ministry statistics on Monday.

Chinese holidaymakers accounted for 20.4 percent of the foreign tourists visiting Cambodia during the January-July period this year, the statistics said, adding that China topped the chart among the top 10 arrivals to the kingdom, followed by Vietnam and Laos.

Source: Chinese tourists to Cambodia up 42.7 percent in seven months – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Bagan tourism reaches record low in September | Eleven Myanmar

via Eleven Myanmar, 19 September 2017:

The number of foreign tourists who visited Bagan in September reached a record low compared to previous years, according to local tour operators.

“Currently, there are only a few foreign visitors. September is usually a month when few visitors come. But this year, it’s a record low compared with previous years. But it’s a relief that many local tourists still came,” said Zaw Win Cho, a veteran tour guide in Bagan.

Source: Bagan tourism reaches record low in September | Eleven Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar: Tourist jailed for wearing shoes inside ancient city

via News.com.au, 01 September 2017: We’ve covered this story before, and this story reiterates the stiff penalties for disrespecting Buddhist traditions in Myanmar. The Russian tourist who repeatedly refused to remove her shoes while visiting the Bagan temples was sent to 6 months of prison and hard labour!

The big tourist warning for Myanmar

Source: Bagan, Myanmar: Tourist jailed for wearing shoes inside ancient city

Borobudur Tourism Authority Board holds second coordinating meeting

via Jakarta Post, 22 August 2017:

Borobudur Tourism Authority Board holds second coordinating meeting

The second coordinating meeting of Borobudur Tourism Authority Board (BOB) was recently held on August 22.

The meeting was led by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and attended by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro and Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Asman Abnur.

The establishment of BOB is based on the Presidential Regulation No. 46 of 2017 that was signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on April 11. The board was officially launched in July

Source: Borobudur Tourism Authority Board holds second coordinating meeting – News – The Jakarta Post

Cambodia, Myanmar discuss joint promotion of Angkor, Bagan

via Nikkei Asian Review, 05 August 2017:

Cambodia and Myanmar are looking for ways to promote jointly the ancient cities of Angkor and Bagan, two of the most important historical, religious, and archeological sites in Southeast Asia.

Tourism authorities and industry players from both countries have formed a working group that held its first meeting in Bagan in June to discuss joint promotion of the destinations, and airline and visa arrangements. A second meeting is planned for later in the year in Cambodia, and a bilateral agreement should be signed in 2018.

Source: Cambodia, Myanmar discuss joint promotion of Angkor, Bagan- Nikkei Asian Review

Jail for tourist who wore shoes inside Bagan pagodas

via Coconuts Yangon, 03 August 2017: The tourist was told multiple times to remove his shoes before entering the pagodas, but refused to do so

A tourist who was arrested for wearing shoes inside several Bagan pagodas has been sentenced to a month in jail.

Authorities say that the tourist, a Russian national, was given multiple warnings to take off her shoes but refused to comply.

Finally, locals went to the Nyaung-U police station and filed a case against the woman under Section 295 of the Penal Code for intentionally causing religious insult. Under the charge, the defendant faced a jail sentence of up to two years and/or a monetary fine.

Source: Russian tourist who wore shoes inside Bagan pagodas refuses to pay K500,000 fine, gets one-month jail sentence | Coconuts Yangon